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Longview area outperforms, TWC plans TBC in Tyler
May 31, 2009 | 1010 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The unemployment rate for the Longview area continued to be lower than rates for the state and nation in April, according to figures released last week by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

While the Longview area employment rate held steady at 6.2 percent between March and April, the state said employers in the 3-county Longview metro area added an additional 400 people to area payrolls.

The state reported employment numbers for the Longview Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 103,100, up from the March employment number of 102,700. The Longview Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Gregg, Rusk and Upshur counties.

April’s unemployment rate for the 3-county Longview Metro area of 6.2 percent, was slightly lower than the Texas average of 6.4 percent, but considerably lower than the U.S. rate of 8.6 percent.

The dynamics of today’s fast-paced, challenging economy sometimes can make it difficult for employers to keep up with laws affecting their businesses and workers. To address that, the TWC is inviting Tyler-area business owners and managers to the Texas Business Conference (TBC) on Friday, June 5. “The conference helps employers recognize how laws affect them and their workforce,” said TWC Chairman and Commissioner Representing Employers Tom Pauken. “Tools presented at the event will give employers the information they need to operate a business effectively. Texas is a great place to do business, and we need to do our part at TWC to encourage job creation and economic growth in the private sector, while helping our employers address the regulatory challenges of employment law.”

Chairman Pauken and his staff will present practical, up-to-date information and tips to avoid costly pitfalls when operating a business and managing employees. Agency attorneys and staff will discuss employee handbooks, hiring and retention, firing, workplace investigations, Unemployment Insurance (UI), preparing for UI hearings, wage and hour laws, workers’ compensation and more.

Participants will receive the latest edition of the popular publication Especially for Texas Employers, which addresses basic legal issues regarding hiring, post-employment problems and work-separation policy. Certified public accountants who attend can earn six hours of continuing education. Other conference participants may qualify for other general professional credit. The conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Holiday Inn Select Tyler located at 5701 S. Broadway. Registration is $85 per person and is nonrefundable. Registration forms can be downloaded at http://www.texasworkforce.org/twcinfo/tbcforms/tbcform.html, then mailed with the fee payable to: Texas Business Conference — TWC, Texas Workforce Commission, 101 E. 15th St., Room 218, Austin, TX 78778. Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
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